08 December 2005

Integrated schools celebrate 20 years with carol service

Belfast Telegraph

By Kathryn Torney
08 December 2005

Two Belfast schools were today celebrating 20 years of integrated education.

Hazelwood Primary and Hazelwood College will join together tonight for a special carol service at St Anne's Cathedral.

The Hazelwood schools were the second integrated schools to be founded in Northern Ireland when they were established by parents in 1985.

They opened in a warehouse in York Lane and in the early days had no financial support from government.

By September 1986, they had moved to their respective permanent campuses both sited in locations under the Cave Hill and have since secured new buildings.

In this their 20th year, various events are planned to commemorate the vision of the founding parents.

Pupils, parents, past students and patrons of integrated education will attend tonight's concert.

Comedian Frank Carson will also be in attendance and has flown over from his home in England for the event.

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